diesel or diesel/electric hybrid
IBEX Vehicles - a specialist off-road manufacturer based
in the UK and founded by automotive engineer and off-road
enthusiast John Foers in the mid 80s - have just released
the first series of images and specifications on their
The F8 is a development of the previous IBEX vehicle,
and it's going into production this year.
The F8 features a custom made galvanized steel chassis
which is incredibly strong and durable. Onto this is mounted
the bodywork which consists of a mix of bonded aluminium
panels, and removable composite panels. The front section
of the vehicle features a clamshell opening mechanism
to allow unhindered access to the engine bay.
The IBEX F8 also features as standard the company's patented
center winch system. This allows for 360 degrees of towing
recovery from a single, centrally mounted winch.
As you'd expect from such a rugged vehicle the F8's clearance
angles are massive. 90 degrees front and rear. High sills
and large wheel arches allow fitment of oversize tires.
The rear of the IBEX F8 can be changed from a pickup to
a soft top, to a hard top, to a fast back quickly and
easily thanks to the modular design.
The IBEX F8 will be offered with three drivetrain choices.
Diesel and gasoline engines with manual or automatic transmissions
at first, and later a diesel/electric version will be
offered. This model would feature a small diesel generator,
constantly charging the battery pack / capacitor. The
generator can be removed from the vehicle and used as
an on-site power source before being refitted for the
return journey to base. The generator could be replaced
with a stand alone battery pack for pure electric running.
4 In-hub electric motors would provide peak torque from
zero rpm and be coupled with automatic traction control.